Monday, July 23, 2012

Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a fantastic Meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This weeks topic is:

Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books

I'm really big into fantasy and so this was such an enjoyable post to do! I know that there are tons I still need to read, but that's part of the fun, right?

 Sabriel, Lirael, the Abhorsen by Garth Nix

This would have to be one of my most all time favorite worlds. It completely sucked me in and was so simple and yet so creative, it was amazing. This is seriously one of those series where I wish there could be as many books in it as those epically long fantasy series, and though Mr. Nix is writing a 4th novel to go along with this world, that isn't nearly enough to wet my appetite for this world!

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

I cannot recall who or what first prompted me to start this series, but I am so glad that I did. It literally blew my mind with how young and innocent Ender is and yet what he is called upon to do and how he does that. I will admit that while I do like Ender, I liked even better reading about the behind the scene's view point of Bean in 'Ender's Shadow'. I haven't even gotten close to reading all of this series and really need to pick it up again.

 Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

I will embarrassingly admit that I almost forgot to put this on the list! It's been a while since I've read the books, though I have watched all of the movies (I try to place distance between book readings and their movie adaptations so that I don't get frustrated and just enjoy it). This book has such a vivid world and setting that I really feel like my Hogwarts acceptance letter got lost in the mail. On a side note: how do you feel about Ms. Rowling's new book that's coming out? No offense, but it sounds bored to tears boring and I really can't understand why she would want to write something like that after Harry Potter. Ah well.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

How anyone could not include this on  this list is beyond me. Seriously, I don't know how someone could have come up with all of this without having lived multiple previous lives or something! Looking at various anthologies about this series it is LITERALLY a whole world that is immensely complex and it's just astounding. Words cannot describe my love for this masterpiece and all of its parts (artwork, etc., but mainly the masterpieces brought to life by Peter Jackson and his amazingly talented team. If you could buy tickets for the Hobbit 6 months in advance...I seriously would!)

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

I just finished this last week and was literally....consumed. I don't know why I took so long to get around to this series, but boy, am I inhaling it now. So vivid and such amazing characters. And, not gonna lie, but there's a pretty sweet love story as well. One of the best reads of 2012, not gonna lie! Review coming soon

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

I can't count how many times I wish I  Allomancy was real. This series was intense, totally didn't see all of the twists and turns . So happy that  there ended up being a fourth one as well! Definetly a keeper!

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Yes yes, same author, but still, this world was just so unique that I had to add it as well. Brandon Sanderson is seriously one of my most favorite authors and always astounds. This is another one that I didn't see the twists and turns coming and I really hope that more is written in this world as well!

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

I only came to this series recently as well and can't believe I've missed out on it for so long. Dragons flow so seamlessly into the Napolionic Era I'm surprised someone else didn't think of it before! Ms. Novik does a superb job of blending an almost Austen-esque style of writing with dragon and naval battles galore. Heaps of fun!

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

This is another one of my most favorite series of all time! I love it when an author so adroitly weaves in fantasy into our everyday life that it feels like it really exists, we just haven't been let in on the secret yet. This one was great from the beginning (it took me about 15 pages) and each consecutive book just got better and better! Really worth a try.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games has gotten a lot of well deserved hype, it's a fantastic series, but honestly, I think I like her other series, Gregor the Overlander better (but just by a little bit). It still deals with death and prejudice and kids having to make hard choices, but it is utterly fantastic! Believe me, I HATE cockroaches and was totally turned off by the fact that this book has monster cockroaches and rats, etc. but guys, I almost cried when one of the cockroaches died at the end. It's an intense roller coaster ride with fantastic characters, not all of them human. Also great for if you have a younger brother who's a reader...or needs something to catch his interest!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
What's your top ten?


  1. A few of my favorites are Shadows of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Arcadia by Lauren Groff, and When the Killing's Gone by TC Boyle.

  2. What an awesome list! I'm going to get His Majesty's Dragon. I love anything to do with dragons lol


  3. I have a couple of these on my list and almost put several of your others as well. Your list is probably one of my favorites!

  4. I have Ender's Game and Fablehaven sitting on my shelf. I really need to read them soon! Great list.
    My Top Ten

  5. Oh, Ender's Game and Fablehaven, how could I leave you off my list? They are amazing worlds - you have a fabulous fantasy list. Definitely a few to read (and re-read) here… thanks for your selections!

  6. Very interesting list, Scarlett. SABRIEL has been recommended to me before--I need to check it's on my TBR! ENDER'S GAME is on my Summer TBR list, so I'll hopefully get to it soon.

    My thoughts on the new JKR book? It's what she wanted to write: a contemporary mystery aimed at an adult market. I expect the writing style to be reminiscent of the latter Potter books, but it's not going to be Hogwarts, so it will be very different. There are going to be plenty of people who 1) won't like it on principle, and/or 2) will read it and not like it--but I don't think that concerns her too much. She doesn't have to write another word to have impacted the lives of millions and be able to live out her days without a second thought for money. This means anything she does publish will be according to the dictates of her own desires, and will have nothing to do with what others want or expect. And that's okay. :) I've pre-ordered it, and will read it with interest. There's my 2 cents.

  7. Great list! I haven't heard of alot of these books, so I'll have to check them out. I had Middle Earth on my list too. ;) Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hello. I can't wait to read more of your great reviews!
    ~Shelby @ Gobs and Gobs of Books
    New follower, btw.

  8. PS: I too LOVE real Parmesan cheese--cut straight from the block. The best cheese sauce I have ever made used read Parmesan. :D

  9. Great list. Your list is the first I've seen with His Majesty's Dragon. The world building here is just fab. I love the combination of dragons and Napoleon.

  10. Cool list!! All your explanations are great! thanks for stopping by my blog!! :)

  11. I have been meaning to read His Majesty's Dragon for ages!!! And Mistborn. I guess I better get busy. So glad to see Fablehaven on your list and of course, Lord of the Rings.

  12. Ah, Sabriel, liked those myself :D And Harry ofc :)

    I really like your list :)

    My TTT

  13. I am so, so lame. How have I only read Harry Potter from your list? I need to branch out more. I know my husband owns Ender's Game. Maybe I should start there?!

  14. Aaand here we go again! Harry Potter and Middle Earth are everywhere! And I feel so left out because I haven't read the Lord of the Rings yet :/
    My TTT:

  15. Everybody I've come across has put Hogwarts on except for, like, two people, haha! I LOVE the world in Gregor the Overlander -- partly because I love the giant rats. Whoops.

  16. First of all, I love your blog name! Super cute!

    Secondly, I have heard such great things about Garth Nix. I should probably pick up some of his works soon!

    And Thirdly, I am glad you added Storybound to your list. It is a fantastic juvenile fantasy! =)

    thanks for stoppin by! Have a good week!

  17. Heh, I think it would've been much harder for this week if people couldn't pick Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter! :P Great list!! :)

    And thanks for stopping by!

    Michele | TTT

  18. Totally agree on Harry Potter, Middleearth, and Fablehaven (though I forgot to put Fablehaven on my list!). I haven't read any of the others, but I'm adding The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms to my TBR. :) Great list! Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Sabriel's world! I completely missed that one! Garth Nix is probably one of the best YA authors who can set up a mythical world and ground it with some sort of familiarity (like his Keys to the Kingdom series). Great list!

    And thank you for stopping by mine! :) New follower! <3

  20. Mmmm, fantasy. I always love fantasy worlds, and you've got some on your list I haven't read and need to!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  21. A bunch of those I haven't read, but the cover alone look like they would be very vivid worlds =D

    Thanks for stopping by mine!
    -Becky @ Book Bite Reviews

  22. Loving your list! I also mentioned the Old Kingdom from Nix's Abhorsen trilogy--loved those books! I have yet to get around to the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms but I hope to read it soon. I also need to re-read Warbreaker, I remember being amused and intrigued by the characters and the world that they lived in.

    Am super late but thanks for dropping by my blog last week! =)

    - Li @


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